Our mission is:
To ensure compliance with local and State animal-related laws; to return strays to their owners and promote the adoption of homeless animals to new families; and to work toward ending the community problem of pet overpopulation.
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Amid the current situation, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their owners, keeping pets in homes and out of the shelter, and ensuring community safety for both people and pets.
Our goal is to assist the community remotely, eliminating an in-person visit to our facility.
We are continuing to provide the following mission-essential services:
Animal Control Officers will continue to respond to high priority calls, such as:
- Injured or sick animals
- Animals in immediate distress
- Reports of cruelty or neglect
- Requests from law enforcement
- Animal-to-human bite
- Animal-to-domestic animal attack
- Potential rabies exposure at the request of the Department of Health
- Dogs actively attacking or threatening the safety and well-being of the public
- Friendly confined stray pets and the finder has completed a found pet report and held the animal for 24 hours in an effort to locate the owner
- Deceased dogs and cats on public property
Our Shelter Operations team will continue providing essential services, as follows:
- Care, cleaning, enrichment, and medical attention for the shelter population at DAS
- Adoptions for animals that are the legal property of DAS
- Interested adopters must complete the online adoption survey here and get pre-approved prior to visiting DAS.
- Recruitment and approval of foster homes to temporarily provide in-home care for shelter pets
- Interested fosters must complete the online foster application here and get pre-approved prior to visiting DAS.
- Stray animal drop off and return to owner (RTO) services
- Medically required end of life services, by appointment only
- Behaviorally required end of life services, by appointment only, only if the animal poses a current and unavoidable safety risk
- To keep our team, employees and volunteers, and the public safe we ask that anyone coming to the facility in person maintains a safe distance from other people; anyone entering the Admissions Center is asked to wait outside if there is another member of the public receiving assistance.
We are going to ask anyone who finds friendly stray pets to consider holding them temporarily while trying to find their owner. Pets typically stay close to home when they go missing. If you are willing to hold the pet for the owner, you must complete a found pet report with DAS within 24 hours of finding a pet. Finders can use the following resources to help lost pets:
- Look for any identification on the pet, including phone number, address and/or a Collier County Rabies/License Tag
- Post the animal on Facebook:Lost Animals of Collier County
- Take the pet to a veterinary clinic or to DAS to check for a microchip
- Visit the DAS website and complete a the Found Pet Report
The following programs and services have been SUSPENDED until further notice:
- Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate and Return (TNVR) Services
- Non-emergency veterinary services (rabies vaccinations)
- Microchipping services for the public
- Animal Control Officer response to non-emergency nuisance animal complaints
- All volunteer orientations and new volunteer training classes
- Responsible Pet Ownership classes
- Off-site adoption events
- Notary services at DAS
- Community sweeps and enhanced patrols for at-large animals
- Quarantine requirement at DAS or veterinarian for unvaccinated animals
- Accepting donations; we thank you for wanting to help our shelter animals, but ask you to please hold onto donations until the potential risk of exposure subsides and the CDC lifts their social distancing recommendations. If you would like to help pet owners in need, please consider donating pet food to Saving Grace Pet Food Bank.
- Owner surrenders, with the exception of public safety or animal welfare concerns. This directive follows guidelines from the National Animal Control Association (NACA), which has advised animal shelters to take extra measures to reduce shelter intake to mitigate the short and long-term effects of COVID-19.
- Walk-in pet licensing.Pet owners may purchase or renew their County/Rabies License tags online at Collierpets.docupet.com or by calling 1-877-239-6072 9am – 8pm Mon-Fri. Tags are mailed to owners directly from DocuPet, whether they are purchased or renewed at the shelter, online, by phone, or a participating veterinary partner.
- DAS has temporarily suspended the issuance of Notices to Comply associated with required rabies vaccinations and County Rabies/License Tags. Pet owners are encouraged to purchase/renew online or by phone. For more information about licensing,click here.
The World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement stating there is no evidence that dogs or cats can be infected or spread the virus that causes COVID-19. Any animals that were currently being held under isolation or quarantine solely because of potential COVID19 exposure can now be released. Always avoid handling pets if you are sick and avoid touching animals you don't know.
We appreciate everyone’s understanding and support as we work to safeguard the welfare of the community, our employees and pets.
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